Adam Scott will be bidding for his fourth Barclays Singapore Open title this week
Last Updated: November 6, 2012 1:06pm
Australia's Adam Scott will return to one of his favourite hunting grounds when he tees it up in this week's $6 million Barclays Singapore Open.
The Australian has won the event three times - in 2005, 2006 and 2010 - and after a win-less year, he is lookng forward to contending again on the weekend.
"I had a good finish last week after coming off a five-week break," said Scott, who finished in eighth place in Shenzhen, China last week. "But I'm getting to the point now that I am getting a little desperate to win a tournament. There are not that many left and this one would be a great one for me to do that.
"I've always enjoyed tremendous support here in Singapore and I've made some fantastic friends here and particularly at Sentosa Golf Club. So it is a fun week to come back and meet up with everyone. It is a relaxed atmosphere and I do enjoy the golf course."
The Australian world No 6 has not won since the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational in August last year and his drought includes that dramatic collapse at this year's Open Championship.
He surrendered a four-shot lead with four holes to play to South African Ernie Els at Royal Lytham, but Scott is adamant that meltdown has had no long-term ill effects.
"My attitude towards the game has not changed at all. In fact, it has reassured me that I am doing all the right things. Putting myself in that position, playing that quality of golf at the right time, that is what I am trying to do," he added.
"When the Majors come around next year I will be doing the same stuff to prepare myself. It has filled me with confidence more than anything else, more belief in myself that I have the game to win Major championships.
"Come April next year, I will be building myself up to have a good run during the Major season."
"I'm getting to the point now that I am getting a little desperate to win a tournament. There are not that many left and this one would be a great one for me to do that."
Meanwhile, one man who has managed to win an Open Championship - American John Daly - is looking forward to the warm temperatures he can expect in Singapore.
"I like coming over here, at least it's hot, I know it's raining but at least it's warm, it's good for my old bones," said Daly.
Daly is always one of the biggest draws for the galleries wherever he plays, and he has an explanation for that.
"I think that's the intriguing thing about me, and I feel it every day. It's like I don't which John Daly will show up. But I know it's a more trying and more dedicated John Daly every day now," said the two-time major winner.
"This year in particular, I've had some horrific rounds and horrific ball striking rounds but I've hung in there and that's the thing I wish I had learnt at a young age.
"I think I've learned an awful lot on managing golf courses a little better over the years compared to the early 90s where I had no clue and I just went for everything," added Daly.
With his confidence boosted by his win at the PGA Grand Slam of Golf last month, Ireland's Padraig Harrington hopes he will not have to break a sweat to win in Singapore's topical heat.
"Believe it or not, it doesn't bother me one bit, it's actually a big advantage for me to come here and play in the extreme heat. I'm disciplined in what I eat and drink," he said.
"I'm fit and I don't perspire too much. I've never been the guy you would see in a shirt with a pool of perspiration or anything like that."
Harrington hopes to make amends for four years ago, when he lost to India's Jeev Milkha Singh of India by a single shot.
"I lost in 2008 and it was probably my most bitter loss ever on a golf course. I was two shots ahead with three holes to play and I played them in two-over par, so I came close that year and I can certainly remember those three holes very well," he added.